Rain slows Sheridan Fire spread as transition plans commence

September 2, 2019 - 11:03 am

Isolated rains associated with thunderstorms considerably slowed the spread of the Sheridan Fire yesterday allowing fire crews to accomplish significant containment. Today the Type 3 Team prepares for a transition back to local units.

Sheridan Fire Overview 

Current Situation: Isolated thunderstorms cooled the Sheridan Fire yesterday and fire growth was minimal. With cooler temperatures and higher humidity predicted for the next several days smoke and fire spread are expected to diminish. The Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team that assumed command of the Sheridan Fire on August 17 will begin transition meetings and pre-strategy planning with the Type 4 organization this afternoon. The Type 4 organization is largely comprised of Prescott National Forest fire crews and resources who have already been engaged on the Sheridan Fire. The Type 4 organization will assume command of the fire tomorrow morning. There are no homes or structures threatened. 

Closure: The area closure remains in effect over the Sheridan Fire area for firefighter and public safety. The closure area includes Camp Wood Road and the fire area south of Walnut Creek Road; The Walnut Creek Road remains open. Visitors and residents near the closure area should be alert for fire vehicles and equipment. A map and detailed description of the closure area are available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website. 

Smoke: Visible smoke will continue to dissipate today due to lower temperatures, an increase in humidity and possible thunder showers slowing the growth of the fire. Incident-specific smoke monitors are in place near Paulden to monitor area impacts. In the unlikely event that smoke conditions increase today it is recommended that those more sensitive to smoke stay indoors with windows and doors closed and bring pets inside. 

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)

Size: 17,066 acres

Percent Contained: 49%

Cause: Lightning 

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush

Resources: Approx. 167 personnel including: 5-Engines, 2-Crews, 1-Helicopter, 2-Masticators, 1- Dozer

Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111

Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6522/

Prescott National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Prescott National Forest Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF

 

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